Athens was selected last week to host the 2019 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC), an event that attracts more than 3,500 delegates from over 120 different countries.
Following the opening of a new national library building in Athens, and its designation as 2018 World Book Capital, the city will in two years’ time play host to the biggest international gathering of the library field.
“Libraries are motors of change, and WLIC is the biggest single opportunity each year to refuel. By exchanging with colleagues across the world, hearing about how others are providing excellent library services, and discussing the challenges we face, we can create an unstoppable momentum in favour of better libraries, and a better society,” the President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Gloria Perez-Salmeron, said after the announcement.
Hundreds of formal sessions, as well as countless opportunities for discussion make WLIC the ideal place to get a global perspective on how the library field is meeting the challenges of today, and ensuring that libraries make an ever greater contribution to growth, education, innovation and social cohesion. Through streaming and social media, many thousands more will benefit.
“It is a unique opportunity for our country to show the development of both libraries and information science in general,” the Union of Greek Librarians and Information Scientists said in a press release.
Athens mayor Giorgos Kaminis said the selection of Athens as the city to host this conference is added to the other conferences the city has successfully claimed, adding that attracting large international events is a strategic choice for the municipality.